Such Little People…

What frosts me about the current DC rock throwing mess over a phone call to the Ukraine is that, Trump’s poor leadership and inappropriate behavior aside, not one of those elected; corrupt, thieving spin-masters could pass the same or equal scrutiny.  And that probably applies to all those congressional panels where a handful of our elected, ego-driven fools grill the target of the week.   And when do they successfully address (emphasis added) the debt, infrastructure, the medical mess, immigration, and a few other major issues?  They don’t.  It is all about the political parties, and special interest money; clearly not about the country.  It is tragic, embarrassing, all of it lethal, destructive, incriminating behavior. 

How could perception be so much in err?

Such little people in such huge jobs.

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Part of the Fabric

If you are taking on a new management assignment, if you are a new boss, you have but a short time to make expected changes. “Expected Changes” are usually anticipated by employees and coworkers when the boss’s position turns over.

The longer the new boss is in the job, employees and coworkers settle into the new ways (or the status quo; old ways) and do not look for continuing, significant changes. At that point the boss can become part of the fabric of the organization where significant change becomes a larger and possibly more difficult undertaking.

A new boss may be tested by some who could not convince the last boss to make a change… just be aware as the change may be unnecessary or counter to a direction that the business needs to pursue. Examine the request carefully.

To avoid becoming part of the fabric, as a new boss, make significant changes within the first three months through the first year. Make sure your boss and other bosses affected are on board. That does not mean you need everyone’s concurrence. A participative environment is is important, it helps with building buy-in for change. That does not mean that running the business or department is a democracy! It should not be!

Making changes for change sake is foolish… changes that improve efficiency, performance, morale, and the numbers — perfect!

Never, never, never underestimate the importance of continuous, accurate and all- encompassing communications when planning and implementing change.

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New Leader’s Orientation

You have a new job… You have 12 people reporting to you, two direct reports and the others reporting to them.

Leadership

You absolutely need to have a meeting of “All Hands”, your direct and indirect reports, within the first few weeks on the job, notwithstanding who reports to who.  It is a prime opportunity, to set the standards and expectations, win them over, and dislodge any concerns about “the new boss”.  And, it is a prime opportunity to have an open exchange and discussion. Here are some suggested talking points:

  • Roadblocks and barriers
  • Schedule one on one’s
  • Open door
  • Have some fun, humor
  • About setting objectives
  • Expectations about performance
  • Boss’s role and responsibilities
  • Reports role and responsibilities
  • Importance of communications
  • Values and Ethics
  • Career help and assistance
  • Review the company’s behavioral competencies list (if one exist)
  • One-on-one followup schedule

In a much earlier posting, “A Leader’s Leader”, a brief entry was made on traits important to work and performance …. https://successnexcess.com/2017/11/26/a-leaders-leader/ some applicable for noting in the ‘all hands” orientation, some for one-on-one followups. All are good for career coaching, improving performance, and mentoring.

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The Frightening Responsibility of Leadership

The link below will take you to the article titled “Making The Tough Calls”, written by Fast Company Editor-in Chief, Stephanie Mehta. She doesn’t need anyone paraphrasing for her. I just have to say that this captures the very scary responsibility of leadership and the importance of values at the foundation of business, especially as it relates to AI.

This is not a long read… but it should leave some weighty thoughts on your mind.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90395810/from-the-editor-what-the-ceos-of-bumble-and-nike-have-in-common

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What Rights? MY ANSWER!

I would like to know how the felon who shot, what was it, 12 cops, in Philadelphia during that standoff on August 14th, has rights. How about the rights of the cops that were shot and their families?

Now, with the felon in the judicial system, the tax payers will be paying for judges, courts, lawyers, and probably years of incarceration costs. And there have to be 1000’s of these guys (gun related crimes).

It is not the guns, it is the laws and convoluted legal and judicial system which permits the rights of innocent bystanders, first responders, and victims of crimes to suffer temporary or often lifetime pain and injuries while the system protects the “rights” criminals.

And, while our hopeless, gutless lawmakers cower under the influence of money from special interest groups, the laws remain far too lenient and the rights of victims forgotten.

Here is a link that puts the USA gun problem in perspective… https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081

It is just enough to make you chew nails!

MY ANSWER? If you use a gun in a crime, attempted crime, you pay the ultimate price. No attorney, no court, no jail, no lawyer.

Oh, wait, let’s improve the background check system. I would speculate most gun related crimes are committed by criminals and felons and crazies who would obtain the gun they need, well outside the background check system. Here’s a chart that shows the overload on the NCIS Firearm background check system, how about 2+ million submissions in July 2019 alone. Can you just imagine the government managing that? It can’t. And to this blogger, background checks are not the answer.

Here’s the link: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/nics_firearm_checks_-_month_year.pdf/view

Listening to XM news, in an interview with one of our federal law makers, he said that the answer to the assault weapon issue (which is just one gun relate problem) is a voluntary federal buy back program. I know the criminals and crazies and back woods militias will be standing in line to participate. The guy has his head in a place that is inappropriate for me to describe in this posting.

I like MY ANSWER!

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Success and Ignorance

So Andrew Luck announces his retirement from the Colts. He explains that the years of injuries and pain that he experienced and the continuing possibility of more of the same was just not worth the impact on his health and family.

During his career, Luck suffered a lacerated kidney, a torn abdomen, torn cartilage, and a concussion.


So the fans booed him as he walked off the field for the last time. They did not applaud for the yeas of leadership he provided for the team. They did not applaud for the tremendous athletic ability he demonstrated through years at the QB position. They did not applaud for the years of wins and thrills he provided on the gridiron. There was no standing ovation for the four-time Pro Bowler! Luck said that it hurt walking off the field, hearing that from the “fans”.

I placed this post under success because of what the man contributed to NFL, to the sport, to the community, to the fans. This post is all about that!

It is a post about success, nothing short of success in so many dimensions!

Separately, I just have to say that there must be a tremendous amount of ignorance, tunnel vision, and just plain stupidity in Indianapolis, as demonstrated by the “fans” at last Saturdays preseason game. They enjoyed years of so much entertainment, thrills, and pride, courtesy of the team and Andrew Luck. All of that at the leadership of Andrew Luck! And that is how they send him off!

Good luck Andrew Luck… there are many of us that applaud your contribution to the NFL, the community, the sport, and the team!

***** S&E *****

Ain’t no 1st class in DC !!!!

 
Subject: Congress-Woman ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ On Her Way To Washington, DC
 
 
DEMOCRAT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SITTING IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.
 
SHE THEN TELLS THE CONGRESSWOMAN THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.
 
OCASIO-CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL,  I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A YOUNG WOMAN SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, WHO BELONGS IN ECONOMY AND WON’T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.
 
THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO OCASIO-CORTEZ AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO ECONOMY.
 
CORTEZ REPLIES, “I’M A DEMOCRAT, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO DC AND I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”
 
THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THE  CONGRESSWOMAN WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON.
 
THE PILOT SAYS, “I’LL HANDLE THIS, I’M MARRIED TO A LIBERAL.”
 
HE GOES BACK TO THE DEMOCRAT AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, “OH, I’M SORRY.” AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY.
 
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.
 
“I TOLD HER, FIRST CLASS ISN’T GOING TO DC.”

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